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How Binge-Watching Television Effects Your Eyes

After a long day of work and school, what do people like to do when they get home? Sit on the couch and unwind by watching television or browsing on their tablet.

Eye Fatigue

When families focus on the TV for long periods of time, they tend to blink less and make their eyes dry. Combine this with not changing their focal point for hours and they’ll start to feel some serious eye fatigue. The feeling may be simple as dry eyes or they may feel a headache coming on. If this happens, the best thing to do is get a good night’s rest or take an over the counter pain reliever.

Preventative Care

Do your eyes get tired after watching a lot of TV? Try moving your eyes around the room and focus on other things during a commercial break. The act of moving your eyes and focusing on other things helps prevent fatigue. Blink frequently to lubricate your eyes.

While binging on your favorite shows, it’s important to understand how that impacts your eyes:

  • Computer Vision Syndrome means you’re staring at the screen for too long. Some of the problems you may experience include eye strain, dryness, and blurry vision.
  • Macular Degeneration is that blue light emitting from your screen. An excess of this light can lead to serious problems like complete blindness.
  • Cataracts is a disease that progresses slowly, and symptoms include blurred vision, halos around bright light, and problems seeing in the dark.

When it comes down to it, reduce the number of hours you are spending watching TV or surfing on the tablet.

Consider reading a book or playing a board game with the family. As hard as it is to walk away after you started binge-watching a great show, give your eyes a break!